Weather in Australia in July

Is July a good time to visit Australia?

Do something you might never have considered – go skiing in Australia in July! Resorts like Thredbo in the high mountains half-way between Sydney and Melbourne offer a full package of snow fun with dozens of hotels, lodges, apartments, chair lifts, great shopping and numerous activities. By contrast northern Queensland is a tropical holiday paradise in July with blue skies and sunshine, perfect for exploring the Great Barrier Reef.


Climate in Australia in July

It is midwinter in July, so expect the weather in Australia to be cold in the south. Hobart down in Tasmania is very chilly with average temperatures ranging between 4° and 12°C (39° to 54°F). Sydney and Melbourne are only a little warmer, and the high mountains of Victoria and New South Wales become snow-covered. In the west Perth is wet in July, with an average rainfall of 183mm. To escape the rain head for dry Darwin in Northern Australia, where the weather is summery and hot, temperatures ranging from 20° to 30°C (68° to 86°F).

Inland from Darwin the “Red Centre” around Alice Springs has sunny, very cool days and freezing nights, with temperatures averaging a maximum of 19°C (66°F). The hottest spot in Australia in July is northern Queensland, where the Tropic of Capricorn keeps things cooking and makes for marvelous beach weather. Catch a tan along the coast around Cairns where the temperatures in July average between 17° and 26°C (63° and 79°F) .


What’s on in Australia in July

The snowy landscape of the Blue Mountains near Sydney in New South Wales lend themselves to the annual “Christmas in July” celebration – a Yulefest celebrated with various festive events in the towns and villages of the area during the southern winter season. Up in Darwin the fun in July is all at sea – mid-month sees the annual Beer Can Regatta. This hilarious romp takes place at Mindil Beach with competitors competing on all manner of craft made out of empty beer cans.


What to pack to for a holiday in Australia in July

If you are packing for a holiday in Australia’s north or north-east coast in July, take along the beachwear, swimsuits and sunblock. For anywhere else a warm coat and some woolly jumpers are advisable, with an umbrella a good accessory to have in Sydney or Perth.